Found February 22, 2012 on
The Golden Sombrero Baseball Blog:
Some little-known facts about Brett Wallace and his massive thighs:
With certain breeds of dogs, you can get an idea of how big they will be based upon the size of their paws as a puppy. At two-years-old, Wallace’s thighs suggested a career as a corner infielder.
Brett Wallace’s thighs have thighs.
With those tree trunks, all of his baseball pants are naturally pro-flared.
In 2010, Wallace was traded twice due to his unsightliness in khakis.
Wallace has never sat in the middle seat on an airplane.
He once tried on a pair of skinny jeans.
He once got stuck in a pair of skinny jeans.
He’s never been considered top heavy.
His lower half was the inspiration behind EvoShield’s first products.
Brett Wallace can out-leg press Yoenis Cespedes in his sleep.
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Last year in this space I bashed the now former columnist for the Houston Chronicle Richard Justice for creating a false narrative in regard to the supposed youth movement the Astros were about to field. Justice had been arguing that the 2011 season was all about the performance of three young players, namely Brett Wallace, Chris Johnson, and Jason Castro. If this was all the season...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) As bad as last season was for the Houston Astros, it was worse for Jason Castro.
The season never really happened for the team's standout young catcher, who tore his right ACL during the second exhibition game a year ago. He had reconstructive surgery March 4 and spent the entire season rehabbing the knee.
''You can't take anything for granted...
By Mark Mitchell
The theme of the Houston Astros spring training is competition, and one of the most contested battles is who will emerge to earn spots in the starting pitching rotation.
With Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Bud Norris assured -- use that word cautiously with this team - the first three spots in the rotation, a variety of candidates are vying...
Astros third baseman Jimmy Paredes, who has been in camp several days already, doesn't plan to swing a bat until the first official full-squad workout on Sunday. Paredes injured his left wrist in January while playing in the Dominican and has been getting treatment.
Three days into spring camp, veteran catcher and Houston native Chris Snyder couldn't be feeling better. Snyder is coming off back surgery that forced him to miss the final 3 1/2 months of the season, but he said his back feels great.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie grew to appreciate nature, and a developing passion for photography prompted him and his new bride, Milessa Muchmore-Lowrie, to take a two-week African safari honeymoon to Tanzania following their marriage last November.
Jason Castro remains the Astros' catcher of the future, and he came to Spring Training in good health and with plenty left to prove. Despite losing a year to injury in his young career, Castro is thankful to be back on the field and back in his element.
Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had to cut short his bullpen session Wednesday, when he felt some tightness in his lower back. He told the team's athletic trainers and manager Brad Mills it wasn't anything to be concerned about.
The oldest Astros player in camp is 15-year veteran Livan Hernandez, who signed a Minor League contract with hopes of winning a rotation spot. The 37-year-old Hernandez said he signed with the Astros because he heard great things about the organization.
Pitcher Lucas Harrell was sporting a big bruise on his right forearm Tuesday, one day after he suffered the first injury of the spring when he took a ground ball off his arm during pitchers' fielding practice (PFPs).
The Astros have plenty of live arms in camp, and it's the belief of general manager Jeff Luhnow to develop the club's best arms as starters until it's deemed they're best suited for the bullpen.
The candidates come in all shapes, sizes and ages. From the robust 15-year veteran Livan Hernandez, to the tall, slender 21-year-old Jordan Lyles, the Astros have made sure to create a wealth of competition for their starting pitching rotation.